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Monthly Archives: February 2007
Taiwanese-Americans: Do You Know What 228 Is?
Today is February 28th, also abbreviated as 2/28 – but to Taiwanese around the world, it is better known as “228” and formally known as “Peace Memorial Day” 60 years ago today, February 28, 1947, a Chinese Nationalist (Kuomintang – … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events, Politics 3 Comments
Father & Son Reunion
I couldn’t help but get totally choked up (disclosure: I’m an adoptee searching for my birthfather, too) when I saw the news about Olympic skiing medalist Toby Dawson reuniting with his Korean birthfather. This is the answer to so many … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events 6 Comments
How Stupid Do You Have to Be to Write or Publish “Why I Hate Blacks”?
If you haven’t heard about this yet, then let me be the first to let you know. In the February 23rd edition of SF-based AsianWeek, contributor Kenneth Eng wrote the column “Why I Hate Blacks.” Now how stupid do you … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events, Discrimination 12 Comments
Hey, it wasn’t me who thought up this title. I’m just rippin’ it. It’ll make for some very interesting Google ads too, I’ll bet. Playing at the Aratani Japan American Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, on March 2nd at 8:00pm, … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events, Entertainment 4 Comments
Asian Political Power, Apathetic Asian-Americans?
Asian-Americans are under-represented in politics – even in California – where we are the 2nd largest minority group behind Latinos. It’s nice to read in The New York Times the article about “Asians Flex Muscles in California Politics” : “There … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events, Politics 2 Comments
The Secret Language of Chinese Restaurants
So, there’s a Chinese restaurant in my hometown that has two very distinct sides; the side that caters to the non-Chinese people and serve Lemon chicken, Honey Walnut Prawns and the Sweet and Sour [INSERT MEAT HERE], and then there’s … Continue reading
Posted in Discrimination, Food & Drink 6 Comments
Rosie O’Donnell Sees the Light
Months ago before Donald Trump, TV talk show co-host of The View, Rosie O’Donnell, did something most of us would deem to be … inappropriate. I don’t need to further say anything, because I think most who read here know … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events, Discrimination 27 Comments
Ten Things Every Brand Should Know About Asian-American Youth
SnapDragon Consultants, a NYC-based research & branded entertainment boutique, recently released a report entitled: “Ten Things Every Brand Should Know About Asian-American Youth“. With the help of Asian American comedian & entertainer Kate Riggs, they interviewed hundreds of students aged … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events, Lifestyles 4 Comments
Asian-American Idol Watch: Paul Kim eliminated
Our hopes for an Asian-American Idol were cut down 33% last Thursday after learning that Paul Kim was voted off in the first round of eliminations on American Idol. Maybe it was because he was sick that week; maybe Americans … Continue reading
Posted in Entertainment 9 Comments
KQED: Pacific Time, Japanese internment camp
For those of you who listen to the radio in the Bay Area, you may be familiar with public radio KQED’s Pacific Tiime: “Reporting from both sides of the Pacific Ocean, KQED’s Pacific Time explores the ideas, trends and cultural … Continue reading
Posted in Discrimination, Politics 4 Comments
Tim Hardaway’s Gay Bashing rant and George Takei’s Response
George Takei has been long known in the Asian American community as an activist for civil rights and more recently, for gay rights. Hats off to George Takei for his brave PSA addressing Tim Hardaway’s recent homophobic rants. George, you … Continue reading
Posted in Current Events, Discrimination, LGBT, Sports 4 Comments
DO We All Look the Same?
So often Asian people are convinced that they can “tell” who their fellow Korean- or Japanese- or Chinese-Americans are. Or that they can identify members of other Asian-American groups. But can we really? When I pass other Asian-Americans on the … Continue reading
Posted in Discrimination, Lifestyles 12 Comments